Achieving Grade 4 in GCSE mathematics with new HfL resource

    Published: 17 April 2019

    Herts for Learning’s (HfL) newest mathematics resource designed to help students achieve a Grade 4 in mathematics is now available.

    Revising for Grade 4 in Mathematics provides students with useful and easy-to-understand revision exercises from the curriculum to help students achieve a Grade 4 in mathematics.

    In the first couple of weeks after it launched at the Secondary Mathematics Conference, it has sold over 900 copies

    William Thallon, Teaching and Learning Adviser – Mathematics said: “The response to this resource has been incredible. I am really pleased that schools have started to purchase these for their students.

    William feels that “this resource, unlike some of the others available to students, is precisely targeted at the needs of students who are aiming for a Grade 4 and been designed to be easy for students to follow.” We’ve had a lot of good feedback. “Schools have found uses that I didn’t even anticipate, for example, intervention sessions led by non-specialists or for use with students who are not able to attend regular classes.”

    “A lot of 16-year-olds can find revision difficult, so I wanted to make a useful book that is both easy and productive for them.” 

    Confidence in mathematics

    A recent poll, conducted by OnePoll, found that over 40% of Britons have admitted to wishing they concentrated more on maths when they were in school and 40% of the 2,000 polled do not feel confident with everyday budgeting and other money management.

    The poll also found that four in 10 of the parents who took part in the study admitted they avoided helping their children with maths homework because they “know” they will struggle.

    Only one in five parents said they feel “very confident” when helping their child with their work.

    Revising for Grade 4 in Mathematics provides students with useful and easy-to-understand revision exercises from the curriculum to help students achieve a Grade 4 in mathematics.

    In just 2 weeks after it launched at the Secondary Mathematics Conference, its original print run had sold out with more subsequently ordered.

    The resource includes 30 self-contained revision sessions covering key skills and understanding needed to reach Grade 4. Each session should last around 40 minutes to one hour. 

    Each session comprises:

    • Quick quiz on essential knowledge
    • Review of previous session
    • Reminders of key points
    • Opportunities to practise
    • Reasoning/problem-solving questions

    William added: “Maths is such a crucial lifelong skill and being able to achieve a Grade 4 has such a benefit in later life whether that is in a career or when it comes to finance and budgeting.

    “We hope this resource gives students, and even adults, the confidence to do mathematics and achieve what is needed to be confident in maths.”

    Teachers across Hertfordshire and surrounding counties have already started using the resource in their classroom and have adapted the guide in many ways including for intervention sessions led by non-specialists, for use by Year 10 students revising for end-of-year exams, or for use with students who are not able to attend regular classes.

    More information about the resource, including how to purchase copies for your setting, can be found on the Herts for Learning shop

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